Welcome to my gallery of quilts.  I live in Brighton, Michigan.  I have been quilting for 40 years, evolving from traditional patterns and hand quilting to more modern/art styles with mostly machine quilting.

I hope you enjoy these!   Comments/questions about purchases and commissions are welcome.  Katie

kthorne@umich.edu

 

This is a large quilt, about 56 X 56.  It hangs on my sewing room wall.  2004

quilt and studio

 

There are more quilts to view, see sidebar for categories.

 

 

 

 

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October

I know, it’s November now, but just getting around to posting this one.  I wanted to use some of my hand-dyed fabric, and some of it is stamped or stenciled.  The surface quilting is basically linear, except on the light green and dark green vertical rectangles where I did a leaf pattern.  Detail below.

 

October

October detail

Yellow Pear

This is just a little wonky piece with a pear in the center.  I had that pear fabric and I’ve used it lots, but not much left.  Sigh.  But…  when you run out of a favorite fabric, it’s time to look for new inspiration!

 

Yellow Pear

Detail:

Yellow Pear detail

Circular Thinking

I had some lovely ice-dyed navy fabric that I wanted to use.  I also used my dyed fabrics with stenciled or stamped patterns for color and texture.  The quilting above the line of rectangles is done in dark purple thread so it wouldn’t detract from the mottled navy background.  I used lots of circle patterns– in the lower border and through the pink horizontal strip up to the middle group of rectangles.  There are circles in the big pod-like figures in navy also.  I’ll show some detail so you can see that.  Size is 21″ X 32″.

Circular Thinking

Details:

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Medallion Quilts

A medallion quilt has a center square which is the focus of the piece, and then borders of varying size and pattern are added until you feel there are enough.  Here are two I made recently.  I had to add that lime green rick-rack between the two outer borders because they are both so busy and similar in colors that they needed a little separation.

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And the next one:

Medallian Two

Detail:

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These two will be part of an exhibition of my work (a juried solo show!) in Jan/Feb 2019 at the Huron Valley Council for the Arts in Highland, MI.  It will be exciting to see my pieces all around the exhibit room.

September in Brighton

I used all hand-dyed fabrics on this one (with two exceptions, maybe you can find them) and some fabrics are also stenciled or stamped with fabric paints to add some more texture.  I left a few of the outer blocks whole with no insert, but they are quilted just the same as the others (leaf pattern).  

September in Brighton

Detail:

 

September detail

Blue Tango

This is a piece I had assembled some years ago but never got around to quilting/finishing.  I found it while looking for something else, isn’t that always the way?  I decided to quilt it with a large leaf pattern all over, to add extra interest to the surface.

Blue Tango 2

I showed it to some quilting and textile art friends and they told me it needed to be oriented differently.  Rotate!  Like this better?  It’s good to be open to new orientations!

Blue Tango 2

 

Detail:

Blue Tango detail

Sangria

I started with some strips, alternating light and dark colors.  You can still see parts of some of them (blue, green, bright orange print, grey speckles) in the final version.  I was not inspired by the striped sets on their own, so I got out some hand-dyed fabric in bright orange and magenta, cutting those pieces into curves.  I used those striped sets as background pieces for the curvy ones.  I like the feel of motion in this one.  Because of the citrus-y colors, I had to name this one for something tropical.  🙂

Sangria

Detail

Sangria detail